Matthew 25:42 …
“for I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink;”
As all generations since Adam and Eve up to today, some sheep think they are goats while some goats think they are sheep.
Matthew 25:43 …
“I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in; naked, and you did not clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’”
Jesus put it in the Israelites’ power to do good, but they would not. A variety of occasions offered themselves to them, but they neglected them all, so that God’s blessings in their hands, according to His order, became a curse to the Israelites.
Matthew 25:44 …
“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of you?’”
The unbelieving and believing Israelites wanted to know when they treated Jesus in all those things. It was a lack of faith which in general produced hard-heartedness to the poor Israelites. The man who only sees with eyes of flesh is never likely to discover Jesus in the person of a man that is destitute of the necessaries of life. Some pretend not to know those who are distressed, because they have no desire to relieve them; but we find that this ignorance will not avail them before God. The eternal kingdom would be completed on earth in 74 A.D. with only saved individuals as the King’s subjects. Glorified saints from “old testament” times and the bride of Christ would also be present to share in the reign of the King of kings.
In this extended prophetic sermon, Jesus answered his disciples’ questions about the sign of his coming and the end of the age (24:4-31). He also presented practical lessons for those who would be living at that time in 74 A.D. (24:32-51), encouraging them to faithfulness, watchfulness and preparedness. He concluded by pointing out the complete establishment of the kingdom and the judgment of Jews and Israelites (25:1-46) in 74 A.D..